Fished the Broad for a couple of hours today right in the heat of the day.
The fish above is one of the bigger fish I've caught on the Broad. I hooked him under a ledge, and he ran hard back under the same ledge mid-fight. I had to do work to get him back out from under the rock. Those fish are STRONG. That 14incher doubled my 7 weight over. Pound for pound, smallies pull the hardest. I can't imagine trying to land a big one that's been foul hooked in the tail.
On a side note, I hog tied another small mouth. Some how on the hook set, I wrapped a loop around the fish and behind its pectoral fins. The leader above the fly got hooked around the bend of the hook, and I pulled the fish in in girth hitch style. That was a first for me.
The water color and level were perfect, low and clear (600cfs). I caught 3 smallies and a couple of blue gill. I caught all the small mouth on the red fish crab fly pictured above, fished like a streamer (or crawdad).
I forgot how pretty those little blue gill are.
All only 30 minutes from home, and I didn't even have to use my car and gas money. Thanks CT.